Media Release, Monday July 18, 2011
Brisbane peace activist Bernie Pat Maloney will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court today (Monday July 18) after being arrested for peacefully blockading the Rockhampton military barracks on Saturday (July 16).
Mr. Maloney was taking part in a weekend of action against Talisman Sabre, the US-AUS military exercises being conducted this month in the region.
Talisman Sabre is reported to be the US’s largest military exercise and involves land, sea and air warfare practice. The “live firing” stage of the exercise is expected to start today. (Monday).
Mr. Maloney was arrested after refusing to leave the road to the barracks. Mr. Maloney asserted his right to protest the war in Afghanistan and requested that the police remove the American military from the site.
Mr. Maloney refused bail and has remained in custody. He will appear in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court, which commences at 9:30am.
A short video of the action and Bernie’s arrest can be viewed on You Tube at the link below. High definition footage of arrest is available upon request: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7MhgE_pm2o
For more info:
Peace Convergence Robin Taubenfeld 0411 118 737
For footage requests: Treena Lenthall 0447 851 858
Stop the exercises - Close the bases - End the wars